USA Today reported on a trend of more spouses resorting to self-help to collect evidence for a divorce case. For example, one can purchase GPS trackers for a vehicle, install spyware to monitor what is being typed or viewed on a computer, or install a hidden camera. Beware, however, as the article is silent on what the consequences may be in taking those actions. Depending on the circumstances, you may be violating state or federal regarding privacy and electronic communications. For example, in some states, if your recording includes sound, you may be violating wiretapping prohibitions. Not only will you not be able to use the evidence in your trial, but you may face criminal penalties as well. Even in you can legally collect the information, consider whether it would be more credible in your case if a third party collected the evidence. Before you take any action, be sure to consult with an attorney familiar with the laws of your jurisdiction. Just because you can buy it, doesn't mean you should use it.